Which TPC duo is best of the west

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 18, 2010, 10:15 pm

In this edition of Punch Shots, travel editor Erik Peterson and TravelGolf.com senior writer Mike Bailey debate which western TPC duo is best: Texas or the desert?


By ERIK PETERSON

With the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Dallas-Fort Worth and the recently opened TPC San Antonio, the Lone Star State joins Florida as the only states with at least two public-access TPCs. And with each Texas TPC offering its own distinct style, travelers have a solid one-two punch of PGA Tour-caliber golf.

Set in north San Antonio amidst the dramatic backdrop of Texas hill country, TPC San Antonio is a 21st-century golf arena built to host a PGA Tour event. With two brawny 18-hole championship courses – Oaks and Canyons – it definitely lives up to the classic mantra, 'Everything’s bigger in Texas.' In fact, at 7,400-plus yards from the tips, no other TPC is longer than the Oaks Course. Beyond the golf, you'll appreciate TPC San Antonio’s 1,000-room J.W. Marriott, six-acre water park, and seven restaurants.

About 250 miles north on I-35 is TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving. Though they share the TPC name, that’s about where the similarities end.

In contrast to San Antonio, TPC Four Seasons Resort is shorter – though a 2007 redesign by D.A. Weibring lengthened five holes and produced two 500-yard par 4s. The views here aren’t as scenic as San Antonio, but shot values are better, as evidenced by such prolific ballstrikers Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els etching their names on the Byron Nelson Championship trophy.

The adjoining Four Seasons Resort needs no introduction other than to say it recently underwent a $60-million upgrade. The resort is frequented by more than a few of Dallas’ pro athletes – including Tony Romo – who see it as a safe escape that’s close to home.

Each of Texas’ TPCs is a great golf experience, whether you’re into the scenery of San Antonio or the history and tradition at Las Colinas.

By MIKE BAILEY

When it comes to golf, if your definition of best is fun, then you can't beat the two desert TPC golf courses – the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale and TPC Las Vegas.

First off, any course with a hole where 50,000 fans boo more than they cheer and bet on which caddie makes it to the green first is all right in my book.

I'm talking, of course, about No. 16 at the Tom Weiskopf-designed Stadium Course in Scottsdale. The hole more closely resembles a baseball park than a par 3 during the PGA Tour's Waste Management Open, an appropriate moniker considering the state of many of the fans during the event. It's followed by a drivable par 4 that Andrew Magee once aced by caroming his tee shot off another player's putter on the green. (How cool is that?)

Plus, the rest of the golf course is a bomber's paradise with wide fairways, generous greens and flawless conditions in the fall, winter and spring (my kind of course).

The clubhouse is pretty magnificent as well, with photos and memorabilia of all the legends who’ve played it.

Then there's the TPC Las Vegas, and you could end the discussion with location alone. For most guys, nothing tops Sin City in terms of wicked fun, and this golf course falls in line with the theme. The course has awesome views of the glittering Strip below as well as Red Rock Canyon.

Designed by Bobby Weed with Raymond Floyd, TPC Las Vegas opened in 1996 and used to be the site of the Las Vegas Classic on the Champions Tour. Here you'll experience plenty of elevation change through desert canyons and arroyos. Keeping it on the 110 acres of irrigated turf is probably the best policy. Service is also first-rate, including the on-course beverage service.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”